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PRUNUS x yedoensis

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Mark A. Miller

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PRUNUS x yedoensis

Plant Common Name

Yoshino Cherry

General Description

Yoshino cherry has gorgeous pale pink to nearly white flowers that smother the tree in early spring before the leaves appear. As the flower petals age, they tend to blush more pink. Falling petals look like snow and carpet the lawn or street like confetti. Its horizontal branches and open habit contribute to its popularity. Each year they celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. and the Yoshino cherry plays a large role in the festivities. Like many of the flowering cherries, it does not bear edible fruit. Fall leaf color is typically shades of yellow, gold and some orange.

A hybrid developed from trees native to Japan, Yoshino cherry thrives in full sun and well-aerated, rich soil. It cannot survive in heavy, poorly drained soils. Prune lightly to eliminate crossing or awkward branches. Yoshino cherry shines as a specimen or shade tree and is particularly stunning when in flower if set in front of a dark background such as a grove of evergreens or a building.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No